Bob Steele

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Senior Research Professor, CBE, BSc in Physiology, MBChB, MD, FRCSEd, FRCSEng, FCS Hong Kong, FRCPE (Hon), MFPH (Hon), FMedSci, FRSE

Bio

Biography

Professor Bob Steele obtained his initial surgical and academic training in Edinburgh, Hong Kong and Aberdeen and was appointed as Senior Lecturer in Surgery at the University of Nottingham in 1990.  He was then appointed Professor of Surgical Oncology at the University of Dundee in 1996 and as Professor of Surgery and Head of Academic Surgery in 2003.  His main interests are the treatment of and screening for colorectal cancer. Having led the UK demonstration pilot that was used to inform the decision to introduce national screening programmes throughout the United Kingdom, he is at present the Clinical Director of the Scottish Colorectal Cancer Screening Programme, and has published extensively in this area. He has chaired several NHS QIS and HIS groups related to colorectal cancer and colorectal cancer screening and he chaired the SIGN group that developed the latest set of colorectal cancer guidelines.  He is a past member of Council of the Royal College of Surgeons of Edinburgh, past Chair of the Health Improvement, Protection and Services (HIPS) Research Committee of the Scottish Government’s Chief Scientist’s Office, and past President of the Association of Coloproctology of Great Britain and Ireland. He is currently Editor of “The Surgeon”, co-founder and co-director of the Scottish Cancer Prevention Network and Chair of the Board of Directors of the Scottish Cancer Foundation. In 2016, he was appointed as Independent Chair of the UK National Screening Committee. In 2017 he was awarded an Honorary Membership of the Faculty of Public Health and was elected to the Fellowship of the Royal Society of Edinburgh. In 2018 he was elected to Fellowship of the Academy of Medical Sciences and was awarded a CBE in the Queen’s Birthday Honours List.

 

Teaching

For 10 years, Professor Steele acted as Convenor for the Gastrointestinal Course of the Dundee University Undergraduate Curriculum.  He continues to take an active interest in undergraduate teaching, delivering lectures, tutorials and ward teaching.  He is also committed to post-graduate teaching in surgery, both on a day-to-day basis and as a Tutor on surgical skills courses.  He has supervised over 25 post-graduate students, working for PhDs or MDs. 

Research

His initial research interests were in breast cancer and, working for Professor Sir Patrick Forrest, he developed the concept of axilliary node sampling.  In Hong Kong, his interest shifted to upper gastrointestinal disease and he was instrumental in developing and introducing endoscopic haemostasis for bleeding peptic ulcer. 

In Nottingham, working for Professor Jack Hardcastle,  he became involved with the early trials of colorectal cancer screening and since then, colorectal cancer has remained his primary clinical and academic interest.  He has carried out work in surgery and radiotherapy for colorectal cancer and in the area of genetic and chromosomal abnormalities that underlie the disease.  His main research interest, however, is in colorectal cancer screening and he has published extensively in this area.

Publications

Overview of colorectal cancer screening
10/2018, Colorectal Disease
Research Output: Contribution To Journal > Article

The Global Paradigm Shift in Screening for Colorectal Cancer
12/2018, Gastroenterology
Research Output: Contribution To Journal > Comment/debate

Making sense of bodily sensations : Do shared cancer narratives influence symptom appraisal?
9/2018, Social Science and Medicine
Research Output: Contribution To Journal > Article

Association of ten gastrointestinal and other medical conditions with positivity to faecal occult blood testing in routine screening : a large prospective study of women in England
11/2018, International Journal of Epidemiology
Research Output: Contribution To Journal > Article

Prehabilitation is feasible in patients with rectal cancer undergoing neoadjuvant chemoradiotherapy and may minimize physical deterioration : results from The REx trial
11/2018, Colorectal Disease
Research Output: Contribution To Journal > Article

Intra and inter-observer agreement on polyp detection in colon capsule endoscopy evaluations
8/2018, United European Gastroenterology Journal
Research Output: Contribution To Journal > Article

Occult blood in faeces is associated with all-cause and non-colorectal cancer mortality
5/2018, Gut
Research Output: Contribution To Journal > Article

A review of sex-related differences in colorectal cancer incidence, screening uptake, routes to diagnosis, cancer stage and survival in the UK
8/2018, BMC Cancer
Research Output: Contribution To Journal > Article

Commentary : Reply to 'Accrediting colonoscopy services and colonoscopists for screening makes a difference'
9/2018, Colorectal Disease
Research Output: Contribution To Journal > Comment/debate

Scottish Bowel Screening Programme – Colonoscopy Quality and scope for improvement
4/2018, Colorectal Disease
Research Output: Contribution To Journal > Article

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Activities

Scientific Meeting of the Nutrition Society

Robert J. C. Steele (Participant)
3 Jul 20066 Jul 2006

Activity: Participating in or organising an event typesParticipation in conference

Activity Type: Attendance

Newcastle Pathology 2005: 3rd Joint Meeting of the British Division of the International Academy of Pathology and the Pathological Society of Great Britain and Ireland

Robert J. C. Steele (Participant)
5 Jul 20058 Jul 2005

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Activity Type: Attendance

184th Meeting of the Pathological Society of Great Britain and Ireland

Robert J. C. Steele (Participant)
2 Jul 20025 Jul 2002

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Activity Type: Attendance

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